Legacy

Legacy : A Genetic History of the Jewish People

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Who are the Jews-a race, a people, a religious group? For over a century, non-Jews and Jews alike have tried to identify who they were-first applying the methods of physical anthropology and more recently of population genetics. In Legacy, Harry Ostrer, a medical geneticist and authority on the genetics of the Jewish people, explores not only the history of these efforts, but also the insights that genetics has provided about the histories of contemporary Jewish people. Much of the book is told through the lives of scientific pioneers. We meet Russian immigrant Maurice Fishberg; Australian Joseph Jacobs, the leading Jewish anthropologist in fin-de-siecle Europe; Chaim Sheba, a colorful Israeli geneticist and surgeon general of the Israeli Army; and Arthur Mourant, one of the foremost cataloguers of blood groups in the 20th century. As Ostrer describes their work and the work of others, he shows that to look over the genetics of Jewish groups, and to see the history of the Diaspora wshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 147.32 x 210.82 x 25.4mm | 421.84g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195379616
  • 9780195379617
  • 282,627

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..". for the specialist and anyone touched by the enduring debate over Jewish identity, this book is indispensable." - The Jewish Daily Forward "fascinating book" - Library Journal"Ostrer approaches the whole subject from a scientific stance, and he has something provocative but also important to say to any reader who has wondered about what it takes to be an authentic Jew." -- Jonathan Kirsch, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles "The story of the Jews-their origins and migrations-is encoded in their DNA, and Ostrer (a geneticist at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine) shows how the story can be told without ideological ax-grinding." -- Jewish Ideas Daily (a 2012 notable book) Featured in the Quarterly Review of Biology.show more

About Harry Ostrer

Harry Ostrer, MD is Professor of Pathology and Genetics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Director of Genetic and Genomic Laboratories at Montefiore Medical Center. In October 2010, he was named to the Forward 50 list of "people who have made an imprint in the past year on the ways in which American Jews view the world and relate to each other."show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Looking Jewish ; Chapter 2: Founders ; Chapter 3: Genealogies ; Chapter 4: Tribes ; Chapter 5: Traits ; Chapter 6: Identity ; Referencesshow more

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